This was actually two batteries in one, Batteries Read and Gibson. Built in 1898, The two outer 12" Barbette Guns constituted Battery Read (named after George Read, a signer of the Declaration of Independence), while the two inner spaces, Battery Gibson (named for Colonel James Gibson, 4th U.S. Rifle, who died in 1814 at Fort Erie), mounted two 8" Disappearing Guns.

When I was there, this place was completely deserted, except for a particularly nervy bird that didn't want me going anywhere near what I assume was her nest, inside the battery. Mama bird and I came to an understanding, and I went inside.